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Judge has tough message for teens
HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio (Deb Dixon) -- "The kids at DYS are hardened criminals, you guys are going to be mincemeat if you end up at DYS," a judge tells two teens Friday.
The message was for the boys already convicted in the so called "bored beating" in North College Hill in 2012. The Mizell twins were back before Judge Sylvia Hendon for violating probation by getting into a fight at Aiken High School earlier this month and getting suspended .
She already sentenced Terrell and Tyree to 9 months in a local education/treatment facility but with a probation violation she could send them off to DYS, or Division of Youth Services. Another term for juvenile jail.
A funny thing happened on the way to court Friday morning. When the mother of the Aiken victim found out the Mizell brothers were involved she dropped the charges.
Assistant Prosecutor Katherine Pridemore said, "The suspension was based on the assault, but since we don't have the assault charge anymore we don't have a probation violation."
That means there isn't really a reason to ship the brothers off to jail, so Judge Hendon stuck to the 9 month treatment facility sentence, but with heightened scrutiny of their behavior.
Judge Hendon said any rules the boys break will be reported to the court.
"If you mouth off at a teacher,a caregiver, or another inmate which seems to be your problem it will be reported," she said.
The Judge warned she could then send them to juvenile jail with hardened criminals saying, "What you're not going to like are the boys from Cleveland. They are a little more sophisticated. You will be
terrified, afraid to close our eyes at night."
The boys' defense attorney believes they are ready to change their lives.
Brian Goldberg said, "At the end of the day, I think it will be positive for both of them."
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